Chargers nab Kavell Conner, RB Donald Brown from Colts, sign new backup QB

Conner signs 3-year deal with San Diego, Kellen Clemens replaces Charlie Whitehurst as Philip Rivers' backup

Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Kavell Conner (53) leaps over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after Kaepernick was tackled in the second half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Kavell Conner (53) leaps over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after Kaepernick was tackled in the second half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms on two-year contracts with backup quarterback Kellen Clemens and cornerback Brandon Ghee, and signed inside linebacker Kavell Conner to a three-year contract Thursday.

All three are newcomers. The Chargers agreed to terms of a two-year contract with one of their own unrestricted free agents, linebacker Reggie Walker.

Clemens will take over for Charlie Whitehurst, an unrestricted free agent who signed with Tennessee.

Clemens spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams as a backup to starter Sam Bradford. Clemens started the last nine games after Bradford went down with a knee injury, completing 142 of 242 passes for 1,673 yards and eight touchdowns, with seven interceptions.

Clemens was selected by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2006 draft. He signed with Washington in 2011, was released at the end of training camp and he later signed with Houston. He was claimed by the Rams after being waived that December.

Conner is the second former Colts player to sign with the Chargers in the last three days, joining running back Donald Brown, who signed with the Chargers on Tuesday.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco was with the Colts' front office when Conner was drafted in 2010.

Conner started 36 of 52 games played in four seasons with the Colts. He had 236 tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles, including a 104-tackle season in 2011 when he played in all 16 games, with 15 starts.

Ghee joins the Chargers after playing four seasons with Cincinnati. He played in 10 games last season and has played in 23 games during his career. He missed the 2012 season due to a wrist injury.

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